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General Sherman wintered in Jackson County, Alabama during the Civil War

(Transcribed excerpt from HISTORY OF JACKSON COUNTY, ALABAMA
by John Robert Kennamer, Decatur, Al 1935

Condensed by Josephine Lindsay Bass on July 26, 1996

By 1854 The Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway was complete through Jackson Co. to Chattanooga, TN. Because of the rail and river transportation facilities, the entire area was occupied by the Northern invaders during the Civil War and for some time after. No part of the South suffered more than the people in Jackson County.


Lithograph of nearby Decatur, Alabama, after the railroad bridge was burned by the 1st Wisconsin Infantry ca. 1862 (Alabama Department of Archives and History)

Many armies passed through Jackson County

It was in this county that first one army and then the other passed, from the beginning of 1862 until the close of the war. If one army failed to get what you had the other one took it. And besides General Sherman’s army wintered in this county, and it was his policy to cripple the enemy by taking his property to support the war.

General Sherman (Wikipedia)

Plundered on his march

He began his devastating march through Georgia from the mountains in Chattanooga, burning and plundering all the way, to the Atlantic Ocean at Savannah, then turning east to South Carolina to chastise them.

And besides General Sherman’s army wintered in this county, and it was his policy to cripple the enemy by taking his property to support the war. He began his devastating march through Georgia from the mountains in Chattanooga, burning and plundering all the way, to the Atlantic Ocean at Savannah, then turning east to South Carolina to chastise them.

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7 comments

  1. Trevor Siprelle

    This is a little bit of a Lost Cause slant. Yes Sherman did pass through Jackson County, crossing the river at Bridgeport or Stevenson(not sure which of top of my head). He was on his way to assist Grant in Chattanooga to break the Confederate siege in that town. After breaking the siege then Sherman and his now much larger army would begin the Atlanta Campaign. During this time Sherman was supplied out of Nashville and his total war and his “bummer brigades” were not used until after the capture of Atlanta. It was Sherman’s march to the sea where the more total war tactics where used. While I’m sure army after army flooding through the area was devastating to the civilian population. I’ve not heard of any other major destruction in the area with the exception of Guntersville in Marshall county.

    1. Stewart Anderson

      Northern Alabama was also Unionist. I stopped reading when it called them Northern invaders. The 1st Alabama Cavalry U.S Volunteers was Sherman’s personal escort to the sea

  2. Sherman was a sorry low-life excuse of a human being. He should have been prosecuted for war crimes.

  3. They should have either shot or hung his sorry A$$ then and there. That way his War Crimes that he constantly commited would have stopped prior to Chatanooga or Atlanta.

  4. Collins Wynn

    Interesting idea but post poorly done

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